Stepping up the party's moves to reach out to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, BJP President Rajnath Singh today talked to her over phone and condemned her heckling by CPI(M) protesters in New Delhi on Tuesday. Mr Singh has also demanded a thorough probe into the incident.
The BJP President said he agreed with Ms Banerjee's contention that Delhi was not a safe place and attacked the Congress-led UPA government over the situation in the national capital which, he said, was "slipping into a state of anarchy with each passing day".
"Whatever has happened with Mamataji and (West Bengal Finance Minister) Amit Mitra, I condemn it strongly. In clean politics, it is expected that if any political party or organisation wants to lodge its protest on an issue, there is a way to do so. But if anyone tries to lodge its protest by taking to violence, I feel the government should take stern steps against them," Mr Singh said.
"Delhi is slipping into a state of anarchy every passing day. When Chief Ministers and Finance Ministers are not safe in Delhi, then one can imagine how the common man will remain safe. I demand that there should be a proper investigation and action on this issue," he said.
The BJP chief alleged that situation in Delhi, under the Congress-led UPA government, is such that even Chief Ministers and Finance Ministers didn't feel safe.
BJP leaders have been trying to reach out to the Trinamool chief in a bid to win her over ahead of the next general elections.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had, on Tuesday, commended Mamata Banerjee government while addressing top Bengal industrialists in Kolkata.